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Monday, September 29th, 2008
8:56 am
Need help
Is anyone still here?

I need help with a digital banner.  Willing to trade goods for service.  
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
1:49 pm
sewing machine help needed!!!!!  (cross-posted)

im going insane with my sewing machine.  actually, both of my machines.  they both seem to have the same problem, which makes me think it is a user error.  however, my older machine did not have this problem until the last 6 months, and the newer machine (a month old) didnt have this problem until the last 2 weeks.  

the problem is that they pull thread in a funky way.  at best i can get most stitches to look fine, some (on the underside of the fabric) are really loose.  they look like giant loops.  the worst moments of both machines involve pulling thread from the top spool and wrapping it around the bobbin like 10 times so there is a giant tangled mess that needs to be cut off, or just a giant tangled mess of thread on the underside of the fabric.  sometimes if i switch to a different spool or bobbin the problem resolves itself, but why is it happening in the first place?  

it will happen randomly, too.  like i will sew 3 rectangles on a mei tai that look just fine, but when i go to sew the 4th one it goes nuts and pulls all the thread through.  why???  i didnt change the thread or bobbin, didnt adjust any dials, didnt do anything but move the fabric over, just like i did 3 times before.  

any insight?
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
3:23 pm
Question for sling-making mommas!

What kind of material do you use for slings? I have some rings and would like to make a ring sling, but don't know what a good type of material to use is. I don't want something that is going to be too heavy or that will require being doubled up.

Monday, April 10th, 2006
10:07 pm
My first non-pajama pants project

Could anyone tell me if there's a way to convert this dress to a romper? Can it be done (easily)?
I have this pattern (it's a starter pattern) and want to know how to make little legs for rompers.

(Oops ETA the link)

Anyone? ANyone?

Sunday, January 15th, 2006
11:54 am
fabric color bleeding
i recently bought some brown canvas and i was planning on making a few mei tais with it. but the color is bleeding heavily, despite several prewashes. i have used hot water, cold water, detergent, and it is still bleeding onto the scraps of light fabric i throw in as testers. how can i stop the bleeding? im on prewash #5 or 6, and i am feeling very wasteful with all the water i am using.

(cross posted a bit)
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
4:23 pm
I just started sewing, and so far I've only fixed things. Now I want to start making things...

My totally ignorant questions about patterns.....

Patterns are meant to be placed on the fabric and then you cut the fabric out, right? (I've made things from instructions before, but I've never used patterns.)

Anyone have sites for free patterns?
Monday, November 14th, 2005
11:03 pm
shameless self-promotion
hi everyone!

i'm a photographer and i'm offering my clients the option of having holiday cards printed. i thought i'd offer the same to my virtual friends, so here's the deal!

there are a few options. you can provide me with your photo(s), i'll configure the card, and return the high-res file for you to print wherever you'd like (it's a 5x7).

or, i can have the cards printed for you at my lab. you have a choice between a 5x7 postcard or a 5x7 foldover card. both of these options allow for all sides of the cards to be customized.

so, if anyone's interested, email me or comment and we can talk pricing.

here are the sample templates:

inside of the cardCollapse )
6:54 pm
Is it okay to post about services/products that we offer in time for the holidays?
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
1:47 am
Serger owners - tips please!
I just got a serger. It is an older serger I won on ebay but it works great. It does not have the fold away cutters so I am a bit limited to what I can use it for, but I love it! However, I found tight curves to be nearly impossible! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it around tight curves without turning them into corners?

I sew fitted diapers and the wings look better rounded, but I had a heck of a time getting it right today.

Also, any tips on sewing elastic with it - without the elastic foot? I have no extra feet for it. Any "must haves" I need? I plan to use it for baby clothes, some basic sewing for Christmas gifts, and cloth diaper items.

Anything else???
Monday, July 18th, 2005
10:30 am
Anyone else thinking...

I started thinking of Christmas gifts the other day and decided I want to make as many gifts as possible. I am still looking for ideas. Has anyone else started thinking of gift ideas yet?

I plan to knit and felt slippers for my stepdad, knit and felt purses for my mom and sister, I knitted a snowman for my mom (she collects them) and knit hats for DH and my stepdad. I also have birthdays in there and I plan to make bracelets for my mom and sister. I have lots more people to do stuff for, but that is what I am starting on now! I am excited, but trying to get it done is a bit overwhelming so I am starting now.

Anyone else??
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
1:26 am
Does Anyone Quilt??
After sewing diaper covers, I was left with some really nice fabric scraps. Taylor loves to carry the scraps around because they are nice and soft and colorful. I would love to make them into a quilt. I am not looking for something huge or complicated. Just taking some small squares and quilt them together.

However, I have no idea what it takes to quilt! I have basic sewing knowledge and a machine. A friend of mine once showed me how she pieced a quilt by cutting squares, sewing them into strips, then sewing the strips together. But I have no idea what to do about the batting or the backing material.

So, I am looking for simple, easy quilt instructions, preferrably using the sewing machine. Perhaps a website recommendation would work, too.

Any help would be appreciated!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
11:52 pm
Pattern Reviews?
Just wondering if anyone has any reviews on patterns or pattern makers.

I just cut out a dress from a Simplicity pattern for DD. I had cut pants out of the same pattern several months ago and they were HUGE on DD! In fact, I think I did them in their 6 month size and she couldn't wear them until she was in 12 month size!

Have you had any experiences with patterns and how they run? Please share!
10:08 pm
For Cloth Diapering Mamas (Spam)

I have had several friends ask about my diaper covers. I can't sell them to the general public, but I am now offering them to my friends (and to those referred to me.)

The covers are available in newborn/xs through large sizes. Newborn fits 6-12 lbs, small fits 10-16 lbs, medium fits 15-25 lbs, and large fits 24-40 lbs. Each cover is a colorful layer of PUL (waterproof fabric) on the inside with a colorful cotton knit print, edged with fold over elastic. They use Aplix/velcro closures. They are made with cross over tabs so they can fit a wider range. Each of the covers includes a PUL panel behind the loop tape to prevent wicking through the stitching. However, these covers would more than likely not make good nighttime covers since they do have a cotton outer than can wick. Pic of a cover behind cutCollapse )

The covers are $9 each, plus shipping. You can pick your fabric or pick boy, girl, or gender neutral. If you are interested in picking your own fabric, you can use any 100% cotton knit fabric. Flannel would work, but would make a heavier cover than a lighter weight print. I like the material from www.fabric.com. If you choose materials from the discount fabrics section, I will give you a $1 off your cover. I will choose the PUL color to line the cover.

If you are interested in ordering a cover, email me for more details at taylorsmomma@gmail.com. I will give you the details and the time frame (the initial orders may take a bit longer since I am not yet stocked on PUL and will need to wait for it to ship to me). I accept check or funded Paypal, but please email first before sending funds.

Let me know if there are any other questions! Thanks!

Sunday, June 26th, 2005
7:16 pm
does anyone have a good pattern for a basic mei tai without padding?
Friday, June 17th, 2005
10:48 pm
Tie Dye Help!!

I just spent several hours tie-dying a dozen diapers with Rit brand dye. They were so beautiful and vivid! And then I washed them. I followed the directions and put them in the washer. They turned out a dirty brown. :( I am so sad and they look horrible!

I bought some Rit color remover to see if that works to get the color out, but then I want to dye them again. Is there any trick to it? Anything I should do differently to keep the colors from running? Please help! I want these to work so badly!

(x-posted to several other places)
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
10:39 pm
a plug

Hi there!

I have been following along with everyone's projects, while working on my own.  I'm starting a little business here on the side, and thought I'd share my work.  I have been making a travel-sized chalk boardCollapse ), and am working on a website.  For now, I created the community chalkroll , where you can see all my prints and more about the products.  Thanks so much.





Thursday, June 9th, 2005
6:54 pm
For those who have made their own diapers
...is it a good idea to use flannel?
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
12:00 am
Favorite Websites?
Perhaps we can put together a list with all of our favorite websites that help us through our crafty moments. I am always looking for new sites with supplies, patterns, instructions, inspiration, etc.

So, please share what your top websites are, what the site offers and what craft(s) the site supports.
Friday, May 13th, 2005
5:42 pm
Does anyone have/know of a good baby blanket pattern?
I'm looking for one that has a satin trim, like this:

A woman emailed me asking to make her one with a particular fleece to replace her daughter's beloved but destroyed lovey. :)

I'm sure I haven't searched hard enough yet, but I'm just coming up with receiving blanket patterns.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
2:11 pm
has anyone else ordered from www.fashionfabricsclub.com? did it take, like, forever to get your order? ive placed 2 other fabric orders with 2 different websites since ordering from ffc and both orders have arrived, the ffc order is still not here. AND one of the other orders was from china, so no excuses about long distance shipping. so im not happy with them.

what other fabric websites do you ladies use? im always looking for new stuff.
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